West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 1st day July 25, 2012

Honours even after Narine strikes

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New Zealand 232 for 4 (Guptill 97, Narine 3-73) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It turned out to be a bittersweet first day in Antigua for New Zealand, for though they fought hard they gifted away four wickets. Martin Guptill undid nearly three sessions of hard work with an impetuous slog that denied him a third Test century. West Indies bowled well in spells and could have had better results had their bowling been backed by better fielding. Sunil Narine looked his potent self late in the day to lift home spirits after they looked a touch deflated following a wicketless morning session.

New Zealand needed a solid batting effort after their failures in the ODIs and Guptill led from the top of the order, nearly lasting the entire the day. An underachieving Test batsman, Guptill had shunned the Indian Premier League to sharpen his long-format skills with Derbyshire. He also needed to improve his record against better attacks - his two centuries were against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The standout features today were his patience and how dearly he valued his wicket.

New Zealand were given a solid start by their openers Daniel Flynn and Guptill after Ross Taylor had won the toss. The new ball swung and beat the bat, and some deliveries landed close to the batsmen's toes. Yet, it wasn't enough to give West Indies a breakthrough in the morning. The seamers didn't pitch the ball up enough to exploit the movement on offer and the batsmen were allowed to leave too many deliveries outside off stump. Roach tried spearing in the yorker, but the openers were alert and kept those deliveries out. Only in the tenth over did New Zealand score their first boundary: Flynn driving a half volley from Darren Sammy through extra cover. At times, Roach bowled from wide of the crease to direct the ball at the body, but when he strayed too straight Guptill flicked to the boundary. When Roach was too full on middle stump, Guptill drove down the ground.

New Zealand were 60 for 0 when Sammy brought on Narine in the 21st over. Guptill's straight six showed New Zealand weren't too intimidated by that bowling change. New Zealand handled Narine fairly well, until the shadows lengthened.

After lunch, Guptill batted responsibly, wearing the bowlers down by occupying the crease. Flynn capitalised each time Narine pitched short but when he attempted another cut, the top edge because of the extra bounce was caught point, ending the opening stand on 97.

Guptill was a little circumspect when Ravi Rampaul began to reverse swing the ball. He eased those nerves with two fluent boundaries through the off side when Rampaul pitched too full. Guptill got to his fifty with a square drive off Roach, but against Narine, he was more watchful. Narine's round the wicket line, backed up by three men around the bat, kept Guptill in check, but New Zealand didn't have to worry about him getting bogged down, because Brendon McCullum was at the other end.

McCullum played his natural game, taking on Narine by pulling a short delivery over square leg, and later playing an audacious reverse sweep. He survived an lbw shout from Roach that was reviewed, but the referral was cancelled because the bowler had overstepped. In that same over, however, McCullum spooned the ball low to Narsingh Deonarine at mid-off, giving West Indies their second wicket.

Taylor and Guptill added 90 for the third wicket, with Taylor particularly harsh on anything wide of off stump. He was not entirely at ease against Narine, though. Narine got the old ball to turn and bounce and Taylor had issues while trying to defend with soft hands, with fielders waiting for the bat-pad catch. He fell to a poor shot, trying to pull Narine and tamely playing on.

At 223 for 3, New Zealand still had the upper hand and Guptill was one hit away from a century. The nervous 90s, though, got the better of him. He tried to repeat the shot that fetched him his only six, off Narine, but the top edge went only as far as mid-on. Time slowed as Guptill squatted, trying to comprehend what he had done. West Indies had found an opening late in the day. It was now up to the New Zealand lower order to start afresh.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Either Rampaul or Sammy should make way for a faster bowler. An attacke comprising Roach, Johnson, Rampaul/Sammy and Narine offers far more potency and variation. I would love the Windies selectors to be brave and experiment with Sammy batting higher up the order, that would free up the slot that is so dearly needed for another quickie such as Johnson, who would also add the high left arm angle that causes many batsmen problems.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    A nicely poised contest. WI have a fight on their hand. However they will need to restrict NZ to about 350. Then there is the Vettori factor, not so much with the bat as with the ball since the wkt is spinner friendly. Today the key for WI will be early wkts. A fine knock by Guptill. Good stuff from Sunil. All & all good cricket.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Slightly NZ day; WI haven,t bat yet, so lets see. Selectors may yet play 2 spinners;Deonarine & Samuels are good enough to bowl long effective spells in support of Narine. Rampaul,s weight needs to be reduced, he is a fast bowler that carries too much weight.Good spell by Narine,WINDIES have to apply pressure throughout series. Looking forward to seeing Narine / Fudadin play 5 full days of cricket.Equally excited to see POWELL bat @ the wicket.play cricket. WI must win this series to show that they have improved as a team.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    best thing about this was guptil was disapointed at getting out in the 90s, beside the fact it would suck being so close to a hundred, he dug in and was hungry for more. going to be a good test series if others are in or can find form like that. as a new zealander i still mean both teams on fire.

  • on July 26, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Reading a number of the comments i wonder how may of the writers actually play cricket. The WI batting is fragile (even with Gayle back) so it's right to play 6 batters, two of whom can be relied upon to bowl some decent overs of spin. I agree that Tino's pace would have been a better option than Rampaul but both Tino and Roach can be expensive and with the Antigua ground pretty slow I suport the cautious WI approach. WI are on the up but are not sufficiently strong or reliable as a team to go' gun ho'. Keep up the good work you've been doing Sammy.

  • Metman on July 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Rampaul IS NOT FIT...have been saying so for the longest while....this man STRUGGLED to bowl 10 overs in 3 spells recently in a ODIs....yet the selectors continue to pick this him....and look what happened yesterday From.the VERY first ball he bowled yesterday,until the very last over, summed it all up. Even the commentators NOTICED it !Shillingford and Best SHOULD have been playing !

  • jb633 on July 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    All things considered. a decent day for NZ. It could have been much better but I think they would have settled for that. If NZ can get to 400 then it puts them in command of this test match. Vetorri will be the key man for NZ with both bat and ball. His aggresive nature with the bat, can take the game away from the WI quickly. I also fancy him to get a few scalps with the ball too. If NZ are bowled out for under 350 then WI will be very happy. Evenly posied I feel.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    When the squad was announced, the tourists must have breathed a sigh of relief. No Delorn Johnson was a BIG mistake. Then, when the team was announced, the tourists must have breathed another sigh of relief. No Tino Best was another selection error. His extra pace would have gone for a few more runs certainly, but they would be at least a couple more wickets down. Whilst it is true that good spinners benefit from bowling in tandem, true fast bowlers always operate better in pairs, or better still...packs. Talk all you like about the slow, low wickets in the Caribbean nowadays, but genuine pace gets wickets EVERYWHERE. No batsman likes consistently facing 90mph bowlers, and the West Indies selectors need to rethink the choice of Rampaul over Johnson/Best. I fear that our best chance of winning a test series for a while, could be becomming slimmer during this game.

  • Inzamam75 on July 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Guy Saker, when did McCullum last destroy any attack? Pure fallacy.He scored 200 in the second dig in India which is a great knock, batted maturely, at 7, against Australia in Wellington in a terrible one-sided loss and picked on a weak Bangaldesh team in Hamilton but still striking at under 70. He simply isn't as good as people make out or he seems to believe. A test quality number 3 needs to show discipline and judgement, sadly he lacks this and his natural game is better suited to lower down the order where he can be effective. Take out his big score and his record isn't nearly as bright as you're making out. In fact, in the last 3 years, without 225 against India, he averages a shade over 33 at the top of the order.

  • on July 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    surely Sean Emery is 100% we need 5 specialist batsman four specialist bowlers one all-rounder and a ricket keeper

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Either Rampaul or Sammy should make way for a faster bowler. An attacke comprising Roach, Johnson, Rampaul/Sammy and Narine offers far more potency and variation. I would love the Windies selectors to be brave and experiment with Sammy batting higher up the order, that would free up the slot that is so dearly needed for another quickie such as Johnson, who would also add the high left arm angle that causes many batsmen problems.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    A nicely poised contest. WI have a fight on their hand. However they will need to restrict NZ to about 350. Then there is the Vettori factor, not so much with the bat as with the ball since the wkt is spinner friendly. Today the key for WI will be early wkts. A fine knock by Guptill. Good stuff from Sunil. All & all good cricket.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Slightly NZ day; WI haven,t bat yet, so lets see. Selectors may yet play 2 spinners;Deonarine & Samuels are good enough to bowl long effective spells in support of Narine. Rampaul,s weight needs to be reduced, he is a fast bowler that carries too much weight.Good spell by Narine,WINDIES have to apply pressure throughout series. Looking forward to seeing Narine / Fudadin play 5 full days of cricket.Equally excited to see POWELL bat @ the wicket.play cricket. WI must win this series to show that they have improved as a team.

  • on July 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    best thing about this was guptil was disapointed at getting out in the 90s, beside the fact it would suck being so close to a hundred, he dug in and was hungry for more. going to be a good test series if others are in or can find form like that. as a new zealander i still mean both teams on fire.

  • on July 26, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Reading a number of the comments i wonder how may of the writers actually play cricket. The WI batting is fragile (even with Gayle back) so it's right to play 6 batters, two of whom can be relied upon to bowl some decent overs of spin. I agree that Tino's pace would have been a better option than Rampaul but both Tino and Roach can be expensive and with the Antigua ground pretty slow I suport the cautious WI approach. WI are on the up but are not sufficiently strong or reliable as a team to go' gun ho'. Keep up the good work you've been doing Sammy.

  • Metman on July 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Rampaul IS NOT FIT...have been saying so for the longest while....this man STRUGGLED to bowl 10 overs in 3 spells recently in a ODIs....yet the selectors continue to pick this him....and look what happened yesterday From.the VERY first ball he bowled yesterday,until the very last over, summed it all up. Even the commentators NOTICED it !Shillingford and Best SHOULD have been playing !

  • jb633 on July 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    All things considered. a decent day for NZ. It could have been much better but I think they would have settled for that. If NZ can get to 400 then it puts them in command of this test match. Vetorri will be the key man for NZ with both bat and ball. His aggresive nature with the bat, can take the game away from the WI quickly. I also fancy him to get a few scalps with the ball too. If NZ are bowled out for under 350 then WI will be very happy. Evenly posied I feel.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 26, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    When the squad was announced, the tourists must have breathed a sigh of relief. No Delorn Johnson was a BIG mistake. Then, when the team was announced, the tourists must have breathed another sigh of relief. No Tino Best was another selection error. His extra pace would have gone for a few more runs certainly, but they would be at least a couple more wickets down. Whilst it is true that good spinners benefit from bowling in tandem, true fast bowlers always operate better in pairs, or better still...packs. Talk all you like about the slow, low wickets in the Caribbean nowadays, but genuine pace gets wickets EVERYWHERE. No batsman likes consistently facing 90mph bowlers, and the West Indies selectors need to rethink the choice of Rampaul over Johnson/Best. I fear that our best chance of winning a test series for a while, could be becomming slimmer during this game.

  • Inzamam75 on July 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Guy Saker, when did McCullum last destroy any attack? Pure fallacy.He scored 200 in the second dig in India which is a great knock, batted maturely, at 7, against Australia in Wellington in a terrible one-sided loss and picked on a weak Bangaldesh team in Hamilton but still striking at under 70. He simply isn't as good as people make out or he seems to believe. A test quality number 3 needs to show discipline and judgement, sadly he lacks this and his natural game is better suited to lower down the order where he can be effective. Take out his big score and his record isn't nearly as bright as you're making out. In fact, in the last 3 years, without 225 against India, he averages a shade over 33 at the top of the order.

  • on July 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    surely Sean Emery is 100% we need 5 specialist batsman four specialist bowlers one all-rounder and a ricket keeper

  • vaughanw on July 26, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Have to feel for Guptil. Having batted well all day can be forgiven for his shot with many better batsman have failed in nervous ninties many more times!! McCullum on the other hand - getting caught at mid off is just unforgiveable! Hes a much better player than that. Personally I think McCullum and Flynn should swap positions - Foreces McCullum to play less expansively early in his innings, and his natural tempo is better for Guptil. Narine is indeed a very promissing bowler for the WI. Will be very interesting how Williamson goes against him today. He struggles playing off spin for some reason, often indecisive about going forward or back. I agree that WI are a bowler short - Sammy is providing the stability in the team right now as captain, but long term I dont think his skills as a bowler are not strong enough and therefore disrupts the balance of the team. Get the feeling this match is going to be won by Narine or Vettori. Lets see. Good Luck Black Caps!!

  • i_witnessed_2011 on July 26, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Total injustice to Shillingford... WI has world class talents but their selection policies and strategies makes them underachievers. for NZ, I feel McCullam is better suited in No5 position.

  • on July 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Wow ! Good work done by NZ batsmen. Despite going through tough phase they managed to put a good fight especially against Narine who is new sensation of spin bowling. Well played Guptill. Looking forward to second day.

  • jezzastyles on July 26, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    A real pity Guptil didn't get his ton; a feat none of the Aussie openers could achieve in their recent series in WI. Kane Williamson needs to cash-in on the good work done by the top-order and bat for most of day 2, but Narine looks like he'll be a handfull. Got to agree with Gerard Perez's comments - Shillingford and Narine would be very threatening working in tandem. I would say honours slightly in favour of NZ after day 1. Good luck to both teams from an AUS supporter.

  • on July 26, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Ok for those of you who say McCullum should be down the order there is something you should become aware of - and fast - down the order he averages around 32 but since McCullum has either opened or batted at 1st drop - the last three years by the way - he has averaged nearly 50 - that's right folks nearly 50 - so sorry but at this stage the stats do not back that argument up - he bats better at the top of the order than he does down the order - plain and simple....At this stage at least he should stay there because when he gets in and gets going he can destroy any new ball bowling attack to the point where they don't know where to bowl to him and he softens the new ball up for middle order!

  • on July 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    as @Ahmed Hussain puts it (to all the so called BD haters), if he had good cricketing knowledge hed realize NZ didn't struggle. Test cricket is about patience, determination and concentration...many of the great test matches have been arm wrestles and wars of attrition that see the first team to loose focus throw the game away. To many people are gorged on T20 and ODI run rates...who says you have to be scoring at 3-3.5 and over in test cricket....But if Ahmed 'had good cricketing knowledge' hed know all this.

  • cric_fan_ on July 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    WI is seriously a bowler short, going with two pacers and a spinner with three fill in bowlers is not the way to win a test. What about Shillingford, where is he? He should be in the team as he is bowling well and WI pitches are more conducive to spin these days than pace.

  • GasPipe on July 26, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Oh man, that was so tragic watching Guptill get out. He knew he had screwed up as soon as he'd hit it, he looked distraught afterwards. Oh well, as much as he deserved a century, you need to earn every run and he didn't earn the last three. It's good to see him playing like a proper test opener though, and he will learn from his mistake.

    Would be good to see the middle-lower order give us a solid total, and then see our bowlers rip into their business. This is one of the best starts we have had to a test in a long time, looking forward to how it plays out.

  • on July 26, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    New Zealand benefited from a poorly selected Team, Sammy has a Test hundred Ramdin 2 let Ramdin bat at 6 Sammy at 7 this allows 4 Genuine bowlers. WI can drop Deonarine/Fudadin as when Darren Bravo comes back he will either bat at 3 or 4. The format for test cricket should be 4 genuine quality bowlers, 5 genuine quality batsmen and two genuine quality ARs including a wkt-btsman. If Sammy is to be the second AR let him prove it by batting at 6 or 7, if Ramdin is to be a genuine batsman let him prove it by scoring runs. Evaluation of performance by objective numbers, can be applied to positions, where do our players rank by position across the test playing nations; my team for this match from the 13 would have been Gayle Powell, Barath, Samuels, Chanderpaul,Ramdin,Sammy,Narine,Rampaul,Roach,Best.Ideally Gayle,Powell,Bravo Darren,Samuels,Chanderpaul,Sarwan,Ramdin(C&WK),Rampaul,Narine,Roach,Johnson but this is ot an ideal world- GO WEST INDIES

  • Hoady on July 26, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    I have to agree with some of these comments. McCullum at No.3 seems pretty optimistic, I think Williamson has a better temperament for the spot, but just needs some time to build up his shots. Guptill's shot to get out was typical lack of concentration stuff NZ fans have come to expect. He is a wonderful talent, I hope he learns from it.

  • simonviller on July 26, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Best and Shillingford should have been in the team . In addition to their bowling ,they are quite capable with the bat if the situation comes up . I still don't get it ! How could guys with these performances be omitted from this team ? Now lets see how the replacement batsmen perform . Wi could pick another eleven ,as good this one ,even with Gayle in the team . NZ just camped out on Rampaul's pace today ,it was not his day .

  • Patchmaster on July 26, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    As an NZ fan, I thought NZ did well overall, but as other people onhere have mentioned, it was so sad to see Guptill play a shot like that. Equally frustrating was the way McCulum got out - so many times lately he's been out playing over aggressive shots. Some players don't seem to be effected by the IPL, with the way they play their test cricket, i.e. Kallis, but McCullum just can't change down a gear and grind an innings out anymore, his average is now around 34 - there comes a point when someone has to say something and maybe a bit of presure needs to be applied by dropping him, it certainly worked with Southee.

  • on July 26, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    I said it! We ought to have played two spinners. Imagine Narine at one end and Shillingford at the next...WOW. Ah well.... WI must make early inroads tomorrow.The Kiwis have a fairly strong batting line up. We must then go in and pile up a huge score and pressure them in their second innings. If we don't playing Daniel Vettori on the final day and fourth innings of this match is a predicament we will not relish. Happy hunting Narine and good luck guys.

  • on July 26, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Keep the Sammy as Captain. The Sammy is a good man in the team. I want people to stop dissing the Sammy. The Sammy is a good boy, West Indies will bat one in this game --hint !!

  • pealivi on July 26, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Don't see these matches live nowadays, just follow on Cricinfo. It does seem that Sammy, as good a person and a leader he is, is holding on to the place of a genuine seamer. Seems clear that a third genuine paceman or a second, class spinner could transform this WI bowling attack into as potent an attack as any in the world. Isn't there anyone else in this side who could be an effective captain and leader? Nothing against Sammy though, he does seem to have great leadership qualities. I am just concerned that his presence as a player is depriving WI from fielding a very potent side, both with the bat and ball. What about having Sammy captain the ODIs (he probably has serious claims for a place in this format) and someone like Ramdin or Samuels take over captaincy of the tests? Food for thought..........!!??

  • QingdaoXI on July 26, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    What is Mccullum doing at no.3 in test cricket, it would be the worst number 3 in test cricket, New Zealand should play Kane Willamson at number 3, he is a long number 3 for New Zealand. Team Should Be Flynn, Guptill, Willamson, Taylor, Brownile, Mccullum, Wyk, Vettori, Wagner, Bracewell, Martin. And if every thing is well between NZ Cricket board and Ryder than ryder should play at number 5 and brownile at no 6. No need of McCullum.

  • Meety on July 26, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Looked like a good old fashioned tussle, Guptill looks like he did his best Chris Tavare impersonation. Well done Narine. NZ IMO, are just ahead, but I don't think you are ever in on these pitches, so there is a chance the WIndies can take NZ's last 6 wickets cheaply.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on July 26, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Finally I think Kiwis Batted atleast well against Sunil Narine in this tour

  • on July 26, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Ahmed Hussain if you the West Indies dominated the first day you have to be kidding. A few times the West Indies looked deflated in the field and by the way on a pitch with uneven bounce it is always hard to score runs but equally hard to get batsmen out until it deteriorates which mean winning the toss was a huge bonus. The Kiwi attack will be a handful in the in West Indies second innings and you have not seen Wagner in full swing - he is world class. Vettori will be a nightmare on this wicket - he took 6 for 48 in the warm up game and his deft skill and experience could prove the difference. At 232 for 4 down ( average of 58 runs per wicket that is NOT the bowling dominating) With a batting line up that goes down to no 9 - Vettori batting at no 7 has 5 test centuries and has averaged over 40 in test cricket in the last three years- the West Indian attack will need to take two or even three quick wickets tomorrow to to stay in this game. Be under no illusions!

  • Windies2Dheart on July 26, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Congrats to WI for sticking in. But i must say that i'm impressed by NZ batting today. Guptill really deserved a century today. Great batting temperament displayed by him today (except his final shot). Hope WiI finish of the NZ innings early though... let the Gayle begin.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Come on Narine, try to get NZ out for less than 350. You can do it!

  • tompuffin on July 26, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    WI need another frontline spinner to pair Narine. Two spinners bowling a fuller length well be a pretty tough test, as an NZ fan I'm glad that Narine didn't quite hit the right notes today. NZ have some runs on the board, that's for sure, but they need at least another 2 decent 100 partnerships or a big 100 to set a competitive total. Really looking forward to seeing Dan the man letting rip on this pitch! Haven't seen him get tons of wickets in a while now, hope it's his day!

  • 512fm on July 26, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Disgraceful shot from Guptill at the end of the day, pretty much sums up why we are where we are in the rankings, and how mentally weak our batsman are when it comes to test cricket. An English or South African batsman would have just played the day out and come back tomorrow 98 not out. You need to turn scores like that into big hundreds which we continue to be incapable of doing.

  • RodStark on July 26, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Does Gayle not bowl any more, or is he injured or something?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Delorn Johnson and Tino Best should have been selected. Period.

  • cricketfannik on July 25, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    This will be good test match when Westindies will chase in the 4th inng a target of 200. lol spin will be good option on day 5. Lets see.

  • drtrinileggie on July 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    forget about fast bolwers play two spinners. narine AND BISHOO!!!!!!!!! DROP SAMMY AND MAKE DINESH CAPTAIN.

  • beejaytee on July 25, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Solid first day from NZ. No doubt the dismissals will be painted as silly and lazy, but that's selling the WI bowlers short. They asked questions all day, and NZ did well to get to the always dangerous last hour only two wickets down. Hopefully, the missed milestones will serve as motivation for Flynn, Taylor & Guptill.Canny captaincy by the much maligned Sammy in holding on to the old ball, but 4/232 is a solid base. Similar application from the NZ lower order tomorrow morning should put them in a good position to put some pressure on the Windies batsmen. Vettori will be a handful on this surface, Martin loves bowling to left-handers, and Rampaul coaxing out some reverse swing would not have gone unnoticed by Bracewell and Wagner. Bring on day two!

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    narine was excellent today. This pitch requires both narine and shillingford to play. it will not help the fast bowlers. As people could see sammy is taking a test place

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 25, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    When are you going to learn Rampaul is not an opening bowler and Sammy isn't a test bowler full stop, yet again Roach showed some danger throughout but with nothing backing him up at the other end runs come easy and pressure is no existent ! Good to see Narine getting purchase even on a day 1 track very promising.

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    So, it took 90 overs to score 232 runs, no wonder there was hardly any crowd in the Stadium lol even seems like the West Indies really dominated the game to me. Feel sorry for Guptill batting so hard and long all day in hot weather and still couldn't get a century and that proves New Zealand struggled :)

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  • on July 25, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    So, it took 90 overs to score 232 runs, no wonder there was hardly any crowd in the Stadium lol even seems like the West Indies really dominated the game to me. Feel sorry for Guptill batting so hard and long all day in hot weather and still couldn't get a century and that proves New Zealand struggled :)

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 25, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    When are you going to learn Rampaul is not an opening bowler and Sammy isn't a test bowler full stop, yet again Roach showed some danger throughout but with nothing backing him up at the other end runs come easy and pressure is no existent ! Good to see Narine getting purchase even on a day 1 track very promising.

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    narine was excellent today. This pitch requires both narine and shillingford to play. it will not help the fast bowlers. As people could see sammy is taking a test place

  • beejaytee on July 25, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Solid first day from NZ. No doubt the dismissals will be painted as silly and lazy, but that's selling the WI bowlers short. They asked questions all day, and NZ did well to get to the always dangerous last hour only two wickets down. Hopefully, the missed milestones will serve as motivation for Flynn, Taylor & Guptill.Canny captaincy by the much maligned Sammy in holding on to the old ball, but 4/232 is a solid base. Similar application from the NZ lower order tomorrow morning should put them in a good position to put some pressure on the Windies batsmen. Vettori will be a handful on this surface, Martin loves bowling to left-handers, and Rampaul coaxing out some reverse swing would not have gone unnoticed by Bracewell and Wagner. Bring on day two!

  • drtrinileggie on July 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    forget about fast bolwers play two spinners. narine AND BISHOO!!!!!!!!! DROP SAMMY AND MAKE DINESH CAPTAIN.

  • cricketfannik on July 25, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    This will be good test match when Westindies will chase in the 4th inng a target of 200. lol spin will be good option on day 5. Lets see.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Delorn Johnson and Tino Best should have been selected. Period.

  • RodStark on July 26, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Does Gayle not bowl any more, or is he injured or something?

  • 512fm on July 26, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Disgraceful shot from Guptill at the end of the day, pretty much sums up why we are where we are in the rankings, and how mentally weak our batsman are when it comes to test cricket. An English or South African batsman would have just played the day out and come back tomorrow 98 not out. You need to turn scores like that into big hundreds which we continue to be incapable of doing.

  • tompuffin on July 26, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    WI need another frontline spinner to pair Narine. Two spinners bowling a fuller length well be a pretty tough test, as an NZ fan I'm glad that Narine didn't quite hit the right notes today. NZ have some runs on the board, that's for sure, but they need at least another 2 decent 100 partnerships or a big 100 to set a competitive total. Really looking forward to seeing Dan the man letting rip on this pitch! Haven't seen him get tons of wickets in a while now, hope it's his day!